Island Jewels of the Mediterranean
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- A cruise to discover Sicily, Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Valletta (embarkation port), the old town of Syracuse, the Byzantine city of Mystras (from Gythio), the medieval city of Rhodes, the rupestrian sites of Cappadocia (after your cruise).
- Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Santorini and Mykonos.
- The spectacular caldera of Santorini and its steep cliffs.
- On the island of Mikonos, the typical district of Alefkandra with houses built right on the water’s edge.
- Gythio, the main port of ancient Sparta.
- After your cruise, you have the opportunity to discover the sublime region of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys”, its troglodyte homes and its rock-hewn sanctuaries.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$4,910 Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$5,190 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$5,340 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$5,510 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$9,660 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$7,390 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$7,390 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$7,390 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$7,960 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$8,190 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$8,440 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$8,440 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$8,690 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$8,690 Available Owner's Suite AU$11,740 Available
LE JACQUES CARTIER
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
VallettaEmbarkation 25/10/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/10/2020 at 18H00 .
The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.
26 October 2020 – Syracuse, SicilyArrival 26/10/2020 early morning. Departure 26/10/2020 midday.
Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside... Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilisations, each of which has left their mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colours and flavours.
27 October 2020 – PylosArrival 27/10/2020 early afternoon. Departure 27/10/2020 evening.
The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the south west of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. You can admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical centre’s winding streets will plunge you into a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, you will be able to relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.
28 October 2020 – GythioArrival 28/10/2020 early morning. Departure 28/10/2020 early evening.
Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometres inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wild flowers.
29 October 2020 – Rethymno, CreteArrival 29/10/2020 early morning. Departure 29/10/2020 late evening.
Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Cnossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.
30 October 2020 – SantoriniArrival 30/10/2020 early morning. Departure 30/10/2020 late evening.
The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.
31 October 2020 – MykonosArrival 31/10/2020 early morning. Departure 31/10/2020 mid afternoon.
Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.
1 November 2020 – RhodesArrival 01/11/2020 early morning. Departure 01/11/2020 late afternoon.
With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
AntalyaDisembarkation 02/11/2020 at 08H00 .
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.
Julia de Funès
A doctor in philosophy and a DESS Human Resources graduate, Julia de Funès worked in a company before setting up her own consultancy, Prophil Conseil, giving advice to companies like HSBC, Thales, EDF, Adidas, Intercontinental, Canal +, Valrhona, Deloitte, Axa, Accenture, Accor, Chaumet, Afnor, Novartis and L’Occitane.
In 2012, Julia created and presented a daily programme called Le bonheur selon Julia which ran for 42 episodes on France 5, and hosted a philosophy column on BFM Business for two years as part of the Club Media HR broadcast.
Coup de philo sur les idées reçues, Lafon 2010.
Socrate au pays des process, Flammarion, 2017.
La comédie (in)humaine, co-written with N. Bouzou, Éditions de l’observatoire
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR